Tag Archive: Ben Hannant


Hannant & Hodges to be sidelined

Broncos star Ben Hannant spoke last night of his torment after being scratched from a head-to-head duel with the man who took his Test and Origin jumpers last year – new Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott. Brisbane’s top prop Hannant (calf) and strike centre Justin Hodges (hamstring) will both be sidelined from Friday night’s round 1 NRL derby against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium after restricted training runs yesterday. Hannant’s place in Brisbane’s starting pack is likely to be taken by no-nonsense prop Scott Anderson when rookie head coach Anthony Griffin unveils his first premiership squad today. In other team news, ex-bricklayer Jack Reed and flyer Dane Gagai are set to make their NRL debut, with Reed poised to replace Hodges at centre and face Test star Willie Tonga. Continue reading

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Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Broncs injuries restricting trial time

Brisbane’s front-row stocks are looking a little shaky for their NRL season-opening blockbuster against the Cowboys, with Sam Thaiday battling a groin injury and Mitchell Dodds nursing a broken hand. Dodds is a contender to be the bench back-up for props Ben Hannant and Thaiday for the March 11 showdown, which may attract a 50,000-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd given record ticket sales earlier this week. But Dodds and Thaiday, who’s been receiving treatment for the painful groin condition osteitis pubis, are under injury clouds. “I haven’t spoken to the specialist but Mitchell might still be right for game one,” said coach Ivan Henjak, who’ll take 19 players to Alice Springs on Thursday for a pre-season trial against the Cowboys this Saturday. Continue reading

Roll Call – Canterbury Bulldogs

The following is an update as to the injury status of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL squad following the conclusion of round 24 of the National Rugby League competition.

David Stagg – Shoulder

Workaholic lock David Stagg will miss the remainder of the 2010 NRL season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday 24 August. He will undergo rehab work through until the end of the year, with a planned return to full training in early January 2011.

Injury: Shoulder
Due back: 2011

Dene Halatau – Knee

Back rower Dene Halatau’s wretched run with knee injuries has continued, with the versatile Kiwi to undergo surgery to repair the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee in coming days. He will undergo rehab work through until the end of the year, with a planned return to full training in early January 2011.

Injury: Knee ligaments
Due back: 2011 Continue reading

This is the last key position to look at and there isn’t too many here that are averaging over 40.  I have used 45 as the bench mark score for the last two columns, but perhaps I should have used 30, it might have been a bit more flattering for the big fellers.

There aren’t a lot of stars to choose from here as far as Dream Team goes.  If you are looking at options for your front row it will depend on what points you are looking for and how much money you have to spend as to who you go for.  

  GM Ave Total Pts TR GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >=45 % >= 45
Bailey 18 42.78 770 8 226 578 0 32 -74 5 27.78%
Thaiday 17 40.76 693 8 200 516 1 56 -88 9 52.94%
Tronc 13 40.31 524 0 112 400 1 64 -53 1 7.69%
Douglas 19 39.37 748 4 193 607 0 24 -80 4 21.05%
Hannant 16 39.25 628 0 182 503 0 24 -81 1 6.25%
Myles 15 39.13 587 0 161 464 1 42 -81 1 6.67%
Cayless 19 38.05 723 0 195 501 2 84 -59 3 15.79%
Burgess 18 37.78 680 12 222 483 0 90 -127 3 16.67%
Packer, R 18 36.06 649 4 172 515 0 8 -50 3 16.67%
Nuuausala 19 35.42 673 24 151 486 0 90 -78 3 15.79%
King 19 33.95 645 4 190 471 0 58 -78 2 10.53%

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Bulldogs Injury update

Canterbury five-eighth Ben Roberts will miss as many as six additional weeks before returning to NRL action from an ankle injury. Roberts suffered the injury in the round seven win over Brisbane and was expected to miss a month, perhaps returning as early as Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at AAMI Park. “Ben Roberts is still on crutches,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore told AAP on Thursday. “He actually had a pin put into his ankle and that’s still a week or two off coming out. “After that he’s got about four weeks of rehab ahead of him so he’s probably still maybe six weeks away.” Blake Green will again wear the No. 6 jersey as Robert’s replacement against the Storm. Prop Ben Hannant is still another week away from returning after a knee injury. “We’ve only just started to run him,” Moore said. “With the type of injury he’s got, you like to get a week or two of running into him before he plays. “He’s probably a week away.” Bulldogs physio Tony Ayoub, who also looks after the NSW State of Origin side, has given Blues trio Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis and Jamal Idris the all-clear for Sunday’s game.

In the next few weeks leading into round 14, I will look at the 5 teams that will have their second and final bye round and the players that should be available for the remainder of the season. 

I haven’t actually reviewed the Canterbury Bulldogs before but round 14 will see them have their final bye round.  The Doggies have a couple of players you might want to consider picking up to carry you through for the rest of the season and also have a couple of players that might look attractive at the moment but when you really look hard they may not be a great option. Continue reading

RESPECTED physio Tony Ayoub said the horror injury toll at the Bulldogs was the worst he has come across in his 22 years in rugby league. The club’s woes continued on Friday night with big bopper Jarrad Hickey dislocating his wrist, which will keep him out of action for more than a month. The Dogs have more than 570 games worth of NRL experience sitting in the casualty ward. “I keep saying to the fellas that it can’t get any worse, then another player will get injured on the weekend,” Ayoub said. “This is easily the worst period in terms of injuries I have ever experienced in rugby league.

In the latest developments with the Canterbury injury crisis:

* Blake Green was yesterday still feeling the effects of severe concussion and a neck injury after a high shot from Eels enforcer Fuifui Moimoi;

* Luke Patten will not train all week because of a shoulder cork, which forced him to play with a “dead arm” for most of the match;

* Josh Morris will again meet with a surgeon this week and is experiencing blurred vision after he fractured his eye socket against the Wests Tigers;

* Ben Roberts has had pins inserted into his ankle and will not return until deep into the season;

* Dene Halatau (knee) has just started running, while Ben Hannant (knee) remains on crutches.

Bulldogs succumb to injuries

Ben Hannant is another one of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs injuries woes with the prop expected to miss at least of month of football after requiring knee surgery. Hannant was injured during the Bulldogs’ brutal 36-18 victory over Brisbane on Friday night and may not be fit in time for the opening State Of Origin in Sydney on May 26. In more bad injury news for the Bulldogs, winger Josh Morris will also undergo surgery after fracturing his eye socket in the same game while Ben Roberts and Yileen Gordon are expected to miss several weeks. In positive news, David Stagg has been cleared of any serious injury after being stretchered from the field against the Broncos

Hannant stands by Hodgson

Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant ($321,600 FRF) has urged officials to resign fellow Front Row partner Michael Hodgson ($197,100 FRF/2RF). Hodgson arrived at the Bulldogs last year basically as an unknown, and emerged as a major figure in the Wooden Spoon turnaround to second place in the minor premiership of ’09.  Averaging 98 metres and 21.5 tackles per game Hannant said Hodgsons game is along way from over and he has a lot more to offer. “In the media they’re saying you’re getting too old, you’ve got to go but look at Petero, look at Pricey, they’re 35, 36 and they’re playing their best football now and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down,” Hannant said. He also put his backing behind new signing Dene Halatau ($174,800 2RF/CTW) to fill the void left behind by UK bound Greg Eastwood. “He’s one guy I’ve been very, very impressed with, I can’t wait to play with him because I think he’s going to make a very big impact on our side.”